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Jan De Lichte | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Belgium
glazentoren.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Name : Jan De Lichte was an infamous robbers’ chief at the end of the 18th Century. He was broken on the wheel at the age of 23 at the Marketplace of Aalst.

Added by paterlodie on 12-06-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,436
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
136
pDev:
9.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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22
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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy pale golden straw with a huge off-white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong coriander spice component. The fruit was citrus and was oranges and perhaps some lemons. More spicy phenolic aromatics were present with a bit of pepper in the mix.

The flavor was light with a crisp wheat flavor and a very light acidity which was not quite sour, but seemed to be heading in that direction. The flavor contained a light fruity component which was citrusy and mostly orange in nature. The spices in the flavor were muted, but contained slight coriander and a smidge of pepper. As the beer warmed the flavor became more bready in character.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of oranges and citrus and a light spice contribution of pepper and coriander most pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and the carbonation was very high. The mouthfeel contained a roundness and a presence of wheat. The beer was 7% ABV and contained a bit of alcohol warming. A nice beer that could use just a smidge more complexity in the flavor department.

750 ml bottle, crown capped with a paper wrapper. Bottled on 14 JAN 2006.

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Photo of Beervana
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HamdenHector
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1+finger white head that receded to a thick collar; no lacing;

S: very aromatic; Belgian yeast, coriander, and a big dose of lemon and lemon pith;

T: follows the nose; the lemon character is really nice;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: this might be my favorite wit and it's the lemon aspect that makes it for me;

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Photo of ADR
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy lightly brownish yellow appearance, big and very homogenous head of over an inch. Not much lace, sheets slip down the sides. Bright aroma, not much spice, lots of stone fruit. Body is heavier than many Wits, lots of internal carbonation. Not a lot of coriander, not a lot of orange, not a lot of yeastiness -- on this one there is much more of a strong tanginess. Lemony with some apparent hop bitterness, a little bit of of banana esters. Unpleasantly carbonated at first, does a better job when it sits for a while. Slight sense of alcohol by volume. Doesn't strike me as a particular standout in its category and it has that de Glazen Toren gassiness that makes the swallow more difficult than it can be.

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Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clouded deep straw colored brew, a white high head, little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of oranges, sweet banana, cardamom.

A sweet orange marmalade start, elderberries and lemon juice.

Little carbonation, soft and smooth, a medium body.

Not very complex, but good at sunset.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brez8791
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of heygeebee
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Leura.

A witbier? Really....???

Pours like a saison, smells like a saison, tastes like a saison, and let's not forget that delightful Belgian Yeast and lemons and funk and barnyard and zest, cloves and spice.
Dont get that in a witbier, now do you?

Really well made, very drinkable, it's just not a witbier. Nor does it taste like a 7%-er.

Cheers.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1.5L magnum into my Hoegaarden tumbler. Something of a slow but festive gusher.

Metallic gold, urobilin, and hansa yellow all show up in the cloudy gradient of liquid. A very active yet well-fed finger of soft ivory merengue forms a loud but lasting head. Dense soapy lacing and light tears coat the sides.

Lovely delicate yeast aromatics suggest sourdough starter, fresh bread dough, digestive biscuits, and honeysuckle, while the curaçao comes forward to contribute a faint orange blossom fragrance in the background.

Surprisingly phenolic palate entry, which in addition to the coriander thrown into the boil, you get hints of various varieties of peppercorn and nasturtium. Orange-honey and a clean mild bitterness come forward as well to offset the spices. The finish is lightly tart, both from the suggestion of citrus and from the wheat.

Medium-light bodied, with a heavy effervesence, the carbonation is almost too high at first, but this only seems to add to the drinkability. The alcohol comes on in sharp yet modest waves, and while subdued, could maybe be better integrated into the whole.

Most any weakness I point out is really nit-picking though, as this is one of the best wits I've thus far sampled - another winner from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is had not been by preferred style in the past, but wow, I am discovering that there are some really good beers in this style. Anderson Valley Double white step aside here comes Jan De Lichte.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden lemon color with a big head.

Smell: Lemon and lots of spices, meet some sweet flavors of wheat and marmalade and make a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Spicy. Coriander clove orange lemon and wheat swirled intricately together to make a light easily quaffable beer that still has plenty of flavor. It borders on wheat dry and there are also hints of alcohol that show through. The aftertaste is dry and pleasantly tart.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium body with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable Witbeir!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy yellow with a bubbly, foamy white head and cascading bubbles.

S - Coriander, curaco, floral, lemon and orange zest, green apple and wheat.

T - Coriander, citrus and wheat with a spicy pepper. Pears and a touch of candy sugar.

M - Prickly carbonation with some artness makes it feel a bit heavir than it is.

D - Enjoyable.

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Photo of impending
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a fairly transparent dull pale yellow, pure white dense frothy head, hyperactive nucleation, excellent lacing.

The aroma is much of powdery yeast and confectioners sugar backed by a pleasant musty spiciness, apple, pear, citrus.

Mildly sweet, vague apple and pear. More dry than bitter, the bitter is more herbal than hop. Hint of zinc. Medium bodied mouthfeel is illusionary thin at the first impression due to being so lively. As much a saison as a wit.
cheers
jd

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Photo of paterlodie
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled okt 12 2005. Nice presentation with forever lasting head, nice pale golden white clouded beerthat continously has streams of bubles going to the surface. nice is very delicate also giving lts of sour citrussy, koreander and nice hoppy note, litle yeasty note gives it a bite and in the back there is also nice wheaty carracter. overall very fresh and fine.Taste is dry and pale wheaty, barley and oats maltyness next to a litle koreander and some candy. Not bad but missing IMO some body for the high alcohol level or at least a sprakling touch although it has some sourness to it. Good brew that's very enjoyable and probably with fine tuning work done by the brewer even better.

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Photo of chrispoint
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Danobold
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of cvstrickland
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A naked Champagne-style brown bottle attractively swaddled in logoed white paper, poured into a goblet (as suggested on the packaging) yields a sunny golden body capped with a huge white tower of medium-bubbled head. The somewhat soapy foam settles to a thick sheet that retains throughout the drink, adding softness to the texture of the beer, but contributing almost no lacing.

Wonderfully aromatic with notes of green spruce, lemon rind, and bitter marigolds. The tingling aroma is tangy, floral, and crisp.

Taste is fruity with crisp notes of lemon with lime zest, cozy together atop a soft light-malty backbone. Zippy, tingly, the drink is not tart enough to pucker my lips, but almost! When I think the beer is about to reach the level of 'sour', a bit of sweet juicy orange and spicy coriander draws the drink back from the brink.

Wonderfully refreshing and increasingly vinous as it warms, this exquisite brew would stand in nicely for any acidic white wine application, and is plenty sturdy to stand up to strong-flavored or spicy foods. Milder and sweeter as the drink warms a bit.

Superb feel and drinkability. Outstanding crispness, and just plain-old kickass-good.

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Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a 750ml with no label, just decorative yet informative paper surrounding the bottle

A: Pours a pale golden honey with just a touch of haze. Monsterous, towering snowy white head is keeping me from smelling this beer. Lots of microscopic bubbles meander to the surface from the base.

S: Fresh and inviting. Cloves, lemon grass, coriander and faint wheat all play nicely together.

T: Very acidic, citrusy base. Hits you immediately on the tip of the tongue then lingers on the front center the remainder of the process. Strong straw and grass flavors take the place of any real malty flavors. Fairly spicy with some metallic tastes. Cloying pineapple sweetness hits around the sides of the tongue. Bit of bitterness towards the end that coats the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of a fuzzy mouthfeel

D: Not nearly as fresh tasting as the smell would lead you to believe. A bit cloying and syrupy really.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HermitDan
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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